Toyin Falola is Professor, Jacob & Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities, and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters and Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria. Dr. Falola is the author of numerous books, including “Violence in Nigeria: The Crisis of Religious Politics and Secular Ideologies”, “The Power of African Cultures,” and “Nationalism and African Intellectuals.” He is the Series Editor of “Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora,” Series Editor of “The Culture and Customs of Africa” by Greenwood Press, Series Editor of “Classic Authors and Texts on Africa” by Africa World Press, and Series Editor of “Carolina Studies on Africa and the Black World.” He is the co-editor of the Journal of African Economic History.
Dr. Falola has received various awards and honors at The University of Texas at Austin, including the Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence, the Texas Exes Teaching Award, the Chancellor’s Council Outstanding Teaching Award, Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, and the Career Research Excellence Award. For 2013, he was a recipient of the Pro Bene Meritis Award, the highest accolade of the University’s College of Liberal Arts. He was the 2011 recipient of the Distinguished Africanist Award by the African Studies Association. He also received the Ibn Khaldun Distinguished Award for Research Excellence and the Distinguished Fellow, Ibadan Cultural Group. He received the Cecil B Currey Award for his book “Economic Reforms and Modernization in Nigeria”; the Herskovits’ finalist award for his memoir, “A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt”; the Nigerian Studies Association’s Best Book Award for “Colonialism and Violence in Nigeria”; and the Conover-Porter’s Finalist Certificate for “Key Events in African History: A Reference Guide.” For his distinguished contribution to the study of Africa, his students and colleagues have presented him with four Festschriften: two edited by Adebayo Oyebade, “The Transformation of Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola” and “The Foundations of Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola”; one by Akin Ogundiran, “Precolonial Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola”; and a recent book, “Toyin Falola: The Man, Mask and Muse,” which presents bio-critical studies in a thousand pages. Dr. Falola has an honorary doctorate from Monmouth University in the U.S. and one from Adekunle Ajasin University in Nigeria. He serves as Chair of the Herskovits Prize for the African Studies Association, a member of the M. Klein Book prize for the American Historical Association, and the Joel Gregory Prize for the Canadian Association of African Studies. He is the current Vice President of the International Scientific Committee, UNESCO Slave Route Project.
“Africa, Past and Future: A Conversation with Toyin Falola”
December 14, 2016